On November 14th, several attendees from the Chamber (including Directors and Ambassadors) and City, State, and Federal governmental offices gathered to celebrate the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for Chamber member - Elephant Signage & Display.
Kateryna Karasyk and her family welcomed with open arms (and lots of amazing food, beverages, and prizes) all attendees to their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting.
We also thank Kateryna for her excellent volunteer efforts as an Ambassador and as part of the Daybreakers Leadership Team.
Please enjoy the professional photos taken by Ildiko of Takata Photo & Design and once again we welcome Elephant Signage & Displays to Mission Viejo!
Please enjoy this brief message from the City of Mission Viejo Mayor, Greg Raths:
Let’s Support Our Small Businesses!
"Summer is over and many of us are returning from getaways, but one segment in our community that never seems to take time off is our small business owners. These people work tirelessly to be successful. In 2018, according to U.S. Census Bureau data, there are almost 6.2 million employer firms in the United States. Companies with less than 20 workers make up 90 percent of businesses.
As your Mayor, I am 100% behind our small business owners. I always find the time to attend a ribbon cutting event when a new business opens its doors. Also, I enjoy a Tuesday morning breakfast with the Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce Daybreakers at High Park Tap House. I enjoy listening to our business owners promote their service or product, and when I need that service or product they will be the first I call upon.
The Mission Viejo City Council recently approved a fee deferral program to assist new businesses going through the building permit process. This program waives the fee to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy permit, saving an average of $215. This may appear to be a small figure, but every little bit helps when starting a small business. With the increase of online shopping, I ask that you find some time to frequent our small shops, restaurants, and shopping centers.
Mayor, City of Mission Viejo
In March 2019, we had 14 Mission Viejo Chamber Ambassadors and each of them were assigned a minimum of 10-15 fellow Chamber members. It became increasingly challenging to keep up with one's assigned members.
So the call went out at a Daybreakers Networking Breakfast: "We are looking for a few more to volunteer their time as Chamber Ambassadors. Can you reach out for this esteemed privilege"? Within a few days, there were four (4) members that answered that call to join our Ambassador Committee.
Over the next several months to date, many more have "taken up the call" and are volunteering their efforts to serve their fellow Chamber members (thus reducing the number of assigned members per Ambassador). We now have 30 Ambassadors!
Chamber Ambassadors have the privilege in taking the lead to set up one-to-one appointments with their assigned members, provide them timely reminders of upcoming key events and networking opportunities (which can assist them to build closer relationships with other business owners and gain greater exposure for their own businesses), help them become familiar and proficient with the powerful website marketing tools that are available, and become a valuable referral source to each other.
We now take this time to welcome our two (2) newest Ambassadors, Caleb Ward (Modern Woodmen of America) and Kristen Frey (PKSA Karate MV)! For a complete list of the Ambassador Committee, please click here: www.missionviejochamber.com/committees.html.
We encourage the general Chamber membership to really embrace your assigned Ambassador and thoroughly benefit from their volunteer spirit and enthusiasm! If you have any comments or questions regarding the Ambassador program, please send an email to our Ambassador Committee Chair, John Rodriguez (iFinance Mortgage), at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you Mission Viejo Chamber Ambassadors for your good work - you are indeed on FIRE!
Many visitors come to our Chamber Daybreaker's Networking Breakfast on Tuesday's. After visiting twice, our guests generally decide whether or not the Chamber is a good fit for them and their business.
Director and Ambassador Chair, John Rodriguez (iFinance Mortgage) scheduled a one-to-one appointment with guest, Bethany Pryor (Bethany Pryor Photography) to see how she enjoyed her Daybreaker's experience. Bethany truly enjoyed meeting so many professionally-minded business owners who enjoy building long-lasting relationships and referring business to each other.
Bethany plans on joining the Chamber now! Please enjoy this brief video interview giving us a little more information on Bethany's photography services. #mvchamber #missionviejochamber #missionviejo #powerofvideomarketing #onetoonesarevital
When new ones attend our Daybreaker's Networking Breakfast on Tuesday mornings, several Chamber and Board members take notice to warmly welcome them!
Today, John Rodriguez, of iFinance Mortgage, Ambassador and Board Member, spent a few minutes getting to better know Andrea Villegas, of ADP. She has attended twice now and plans on joining the Chamber in the next couple weeks after her travels.
John reviewed many of the benefits that we experience from our membership, including working hard to cross-promote each other's businesses. One excellent way is via brief video interviews when we meet one-to-one.
Please enjoy this brief video interview with Andrea and we look forward to officially welcoming her to our Chamber shortly. #mvchamber #missionviejochamber #networking #daybreakers #one-to-ones #videointerviews
Congratulations to Katie Averill, owner of Eat Street Kitchen, for winning today's "Best Commercial" at the weekly Chamber Daybreaker's Networking Breakfast. She even brought complimentary cinnamon rolls for all in attendance!
Mission Viejo Mayor Greg Raths was present and graciously congratulated Katie for her big "win" and confirmed the City's support of our small businesses.
Each Tuesday morning the Mission Viejo Chamber meets at the Daybreaker’s Breakfast Networking event hosted by the High Park Tap House. In addition to networking opportunities and developing deeper business relationships, attendees are encouraged to offer testimonials to fellow Chamber members for excellent services rendered.
Please enjoy the positive video testimonials directed to long-time Chamber member, Karin Krawiec, owner of Neighborhood Car Care. #mvchamberrocks #testimonials #joinmissionviejochamber
Today, one of the featured presenters at the Daybreakers Networking Breakfast was Kurt Varricchio, of the Law Offices of Kurt Varricchio.
Each Tuesday at 7:45 am, at the High Park Tap House, after all attendees have introduced themselves and their businesses, generally two presenters will have 10 minutes to tell us more details about their businesses and what is their ideal type of referral.
To contact attorney Kurt Varricchio for more information on his services, please call 949-830-3501. #mvchamber #missionviejochamber #missionviejo #daybreakers #thefunchamber
Big Congratulations to Mayor Greg Raths for winning the best commercial at our Daybreakers Networking Breakfast!
Each Tuesday morning at 7:45 am at the High Park Tap House, members of the Mission Viejo Chamber, along with invited business guests, gather to enjoy power networking and breakfast. Each attendee is given 30-seconds to introduce themselves and their business and then one is selected as the winner of the best commercial!
We are thankful that Mayor Raths supports our Daybreakers Networking Breakfast each Tuesday!
Each week attendees of our Daybreaker's Networking Breakfast stand up for 30 seconds to give their brief "commercial", or "elevator speech" about their business.
We congratulate this week's winner, Jaclyn Tran, of My Simple Palate, as the winner of the best "commercial". #mvchamber #missionviejochamber #missionviejo #winnerwinnerchickendinner #bestcommercial